||Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Gala
to be held on October 4, 2008
The Texas Horse Racing Hall
of Fame will once again honor those that have enriched the tradition of
horse racing in Texas at the 10th annual Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame
Gala on Saturday, October 4. The gala and induction of Hall of Fame honorees
will be held before and during the races on that Saturday, beginning at
4:00 p.m. The gala includes valet parking, cocktails, a gourmet buffet
dinner, wine tasting, induction of the honorees, silent auction and, of
course, live races. October 4 is the biggest night of Retama Park’s
Thoroughbred racing season, with a card that includes six stakes races
worth $500,000 in purse money.
The 2008 inductees include racing legends Bill Allen, Bobby D. Cox,
Dorothy Scharbauer (now deceased), and Joe Straus, Jr. The Joann Weber
Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Mary Ruyle.
Bill Allen has been involved in the horse racing business for nearly
40 years. Over the years, he has owned many horses, ranging from claimers
to top-level stakes runners. Allen organized and led Black Chip Stables,
owner of Wild Again, the winner of the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Classic
(Gr. I) in 1984. Wild Again stunned the racing world at 32-to-1, beating
the heavy favorites in a thrilling stretch duel that resulted in a photo
finish and lengthy inquiry. Allen’s Texas roots and racing background
led him to acquire the bond originally issued to finance Retama Park in
San Antonio. He then put together the management team that successfully
helped Retama emerge from bankruptcy.
Bobby D. Cox began purchasing racehorses in 1976, and a couple years
later, he turned a cotton field in West Texas into a first class horse
facility. After creating a safe and comfortable environment to raise horses,
he began purchasing stakes winners and stakes producers and bred them
to the best stallions available. Over the years, Cox has owned or currently
owns lifetime breeding rights in several syndicated stallions. Through
May 1, 2008, Cox has been the breeder of 28 stakes winners with total
earnings of $7,913,657. A few of Cox’s goals in horse racing are
to win both the All American Futurity (G1) and the Champion of Champions
Dorothy Turner Scharbauer, who passed away in 2005, was the co-owner
of the 1987 Kentucky Derby (Gr. I) winner Alysheba, that became the all-time
leading Thoroughbred earner and was later inducted into the National Horse
Racing Hall of Fame. Dorothy was co-owner of Valor Farm in Pilot Point,
Texas with her husband, Clarence Scharbauer. A lifelong Midland County
resident, she and Clarence were known for their financial and personal
contributions, especially to the Museum of the Southwest and Midland College.
The college named its student center the Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer,
Jr. Student Center in May 1995.
Joe Straus, Jr., a breeder and owner of Thoroughbred horses, is the
founder of the Texas Horse Racing Association and was one of the leaders
in the passage of pari-mutuel racing in Texas. He is chairman of Retama
Entertainment Group in San Antonio, the management company of Retama Park
Racetrack. He is co-founder of Retama Park Racetrack and partner in Straus
and Novak racing stable. Straus served on the Texas A&M Target 2000
committee and spearheaded efforts for the Texas Veterinary Diagnostic
Laboratory to serve as the lead agency to test competition racehorses.
In 2006, Joe and his brother, David J. Straus, were presented with the
2006 Freeman Award by the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce for
their excellence and contributions to agribusiness.
The Joann Weber Distinguished Service Award goes to Mary Ruyle. She
was first hired as a bookkeeper in 1988 for the Texas Thoroughbred Association
(TTA) and ascended the ranks as membership coordinator, accreditation
manager, and office manager. Serving TTA for 20 years, she is presently
the association’s business manager.
Tickets are $125 per person. Generous sponsorship packages are available.
For more information, please contact Sharolyn Grammer at (210) 651-7000
or firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds
from the gala will benefit the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame, a 501(c)(3)